Saturday, July 28, 2012


Mother and Child

Carrying the corn

Open Air Market Scene

Leccion de ganchilo

Bringing In Fish Dieppe


Dieppe (detail)
Images from

The Drapery Market, Britanny

WILLIAM LEE-HANKEY R.E. (Chester 1869 – 1952 London) was an English painter and etcher of figure studies, landscapes and harbour scenes. He left school to work as a designer but later studied painting in Paris. From 1904 he spent long periods painting in France and developed a very attractive impressionist style in his oil painting.

He was a highly regarded and successful artist in his lifetime and was elected to full membership of all the following:
Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers
Royal Institute of Watercolor Painters
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolor
He was also President of the London Sketch Club
Served in the Artist’s Rifles 1914 – 1919
Vice President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolor

Le Repas

A Cottage Toilette

Mother's Little Boy
Etching and Drypoint

The Refugees
Behind the front line at √Čtaples in 1914
From Wikipedia

It was Hankey's black and white and colored etchings of the people of √Čtaples, several developed from paintings, which gained him a reputation as 'one of the most gifted of the figurative printmakers working in original drypoint during the first thirty years of the 20th century'. One that is particularly striking for its stylistic presentation was "The Refugees", above, his contribution to raising awareness of the consequences for ordinary people of the German invasion of France and Belgium in 1914.


Three Generations

The First Born

Already established as a watercolour painter, WILLIAM LEE-HANKEY R.E. took up etching in 1904. He took an early interest in colour prints, often printing two editions from his plates, one in monochrome and one in colour. HEe was a founder member of the Society of Graver-Printers in Colour, 1909-10, and the Society’s Secretary. Some years later, with Nelson Dawson, he organised a School of Colour Printing in Hammersmith.
His early prints are in aquatint, while his later works are generally in drypoint. For aquatint, rather than the more usual resin ground, he experimented with ‘textile’ grounds, impressing textured muslin or other material, even heavily textured paper, into a soft ground. Prints such as “The First-Born”, above, from early in his etching career, are scarce today.

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